Published in Women's Health Weekly, January 15th, 2004
Of the 180,555 children born in the state in 2002, 18,546 - or 10.3% - were to mothers 19 or younger. That's down from 10.9% in 2001. The department's web site lists records for such births for every year since 1959, and 2002 was the only year listed in which fewer than 20,000 babies were born to Illinois teenagers.
"We've seen a positive trend now for nearly a decade in battling what has been a serious problem for our youth in society," said Eric E. Whitaker, MD, the director...
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